The 2019 CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges is set for Oct. 17-20 at Nine Bridges in Jeju Island, Korea. That means it's time to pick your optimal DraftKings fantasy golf lineup. Fortunately, our fantasy golf experts are ready to help.
Here's what our best 2019 CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges lineup looks like in this week's golfer predictions:
Jordan Spieth ($10,000)
In the latest evidence that golf's biggest growth markets are overseas, the PGA Tour now has an "Asian Swing" — a three-tournament run of no-cut, big-money, loaded-field events that may not keep American fans awake into the wee hours but will have big ramifications in the 2019-20 money and FedExCup races. Spieth is making his 2019-20 debut at the CJ Cup coming off a disappointing season that saw zero wins and only four top 10s. So what's the attraction? Well, for starters, Spieth had the best putting season of his career (2nd in SG: Putting). It was his ball striking, formerly the Old Faithful of the PGA Tour, that disappeared into some sort of alternate reality where he was spraying balls like a drunk frat bro at Top Golf. That seems more fixable, though, than the reverse would be. And don't discount the sense of urgency that comes with a shot at a captain's pick for the Presidents Cup. Spieth's comeback season starts this week, and Tiger will be watching.
Sungjae Im ($9,700)
This week's 78-player field includes a number of Korean players, who join the top 60 FedExCup finishers from last season. The reigning PGA Tour Rookie of the Year doesn't need the nationality waiver, though; he's here on the merits of a remarkable season in which he led the PGA Tour in cuts made and posted seven top 10s. The enthusiasm of the local fans should give him an extra gear, but he may not need it. The par-72 Nine Bridges layout is a relatively tame 7,196 yards and includes four highly playable par 5s; Im ranked sixth on Tour in par-5 scoring last year.
Chez Reavie ($8,300)
The 37-year-old Reavie had the best season of career in 2018-19, winning the Travelers and making it all the way to the Tour Championship, where he finished T5 for a final ranking of eighth in the FedExCup points race. He's also a course horse at Nine Bridges, with finishes of T7 and T15 in his previous two appearances. Feel free to ignore his missed cut at the Shriners; he was was 4-under through two rounds, so his current form is perfectly fine.
Ian Poulter ($7,700)
Poults comes in ticked after missing the cut at the Italian Open, and that's when he's at his most dangerous. He runs notoriously hot and cold, but a no-cut weekend gives him something of a green light — two of his three PGA Tour wins and many of his best finishes have come at no-cut WGC events. Finished T10 at the CJ Cup last year.
Ryan Palmer ($7,200)
Palmer torched the Nine Bridges layout with a final-round 62 to finish T3 last year, on his way to a solid season that saw him finish 35th in FedExCup points. In April, Palmer teamed with Jon Rahm to win the 2019 Zurich Classic, his fourth career win and first in nine years. He was 13th on Tour in birdie average last year (4.21) and eighth in par-4 scoring, so that 62 at Nine Bridges wasn't a fluke.
Luke List ($7,000)
List jets over to Korea with a little tailwind, shooting a final-round 66 in Houston on Sunday in which he hit his first 17 greens in regulation. He's already made five eagles in four tournaments this season and could feast on the Nine Bridges par 5s.